Robert Michael "Bob" Shoback

Mr. Robert (Bob) Michael Shoback, 68, of Duryea, passed into the loving arms of our Lord on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Hospice Community Care, Dunmore. He passed away surrounded by his loving family, following a short courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Pittston on Feb. 28, 1945, the son of the late John and Helen Kachinski Shoback. He was a graduate of Pittston High School. He served in the United States Army. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the former Topps Chewing Gum Co., Duryea. He was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Duryea.

He was a devoted father, always there for his daughters. Nothing made him happier than to relax at home with his family, laying back in his recliner and watching his Giants and Notre Dame. He was an avid fan of both. He also enjoyed the slot machines at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, especially if he won.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. No wife has ever been blessed with a more loving husband. God sent her the best.

He was preceeded in death by his infant brother, John Joseph.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 47 years, Violet Sikes Shoback, whom he married on Oct. 8, 1966 in Augusta, Ga.; loving daughter, Michelle DePrimo and her husband, Frank, of Dupont; loving daughter, Kristen Krulack and her husband, Paul, of Exeter; four wonderful grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Joshua, Jessica, and Christopher DePrimo and Lily Krulack; brother, Edward Shoback of Plains; brother, Thomas Shoback of Plains; brother, Richard Shoback and his wife, Esther, of Duryea; and sister, Mary Ann Shoback of Dallas. He is also sadly missed by his loyal golden retriever, Baxter, his constant companion.

The family would like to thank Hospice Community Care and the wonderful angels working there. Each of them took care of Bob as if he was their own family.

Funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea, with the Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, Duryea with the Rev. Andrew V. Sinnott officiating. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery, Duryea. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made the Luzerne County SPCA. To leave the family an online condolence or for further information, please visit our website at

Funeral Home

Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc.
204 Main Street Duryea, PA 18642
(570) 457-4301

Published in Times Leader on July 1, 2013